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Indian actors lack bandwidth to succeed internationally : R. Madhavan

Bollywood's big names Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Irrfan have tasted the Hollywood flavour. But R. Madhavan, who has finally crossed over with international project "Night Of The Living Dead: Origins", says Indian actors lac

Saturday, September 28, 2013 | 10:40:03 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Bollywood's big names Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Irrfan have tasted the Hollywood flavour. But R. Madhavan, who has finally crossed over with international project "Night Of The Living Dead: Origins", says Indian actors lack the capacity to establish themselves in an international set-up.

"We have a long way to go before actors in India can establish themselves (internationally) in a big way," Madhavan, who has delivered noteworthy performances in Hindi films like "Rang De Basanti", "3 Idiots" and "Tanu Weds Manu", told IANS.

The multilingual star will be seen as a US marine officer in Simon West's Hollywood film "Night of the Living Dead: Origins".

Of Hollywood, the actor said: "Their market and technology is completely different from ours. I don't think Indian stars have the bandwidth to go struggle and give screen tests there, leaving everything behind here."

Nevertheless, there's something about Hollywood actors that makes Maddy jealous!

"I think the only thing which I am jealous about is that if I was an actor in Hollywood, with all the hit films which I have, I won't have to work for another day in my life. Even if an actor has two hits in his life in Hollywood, he will never be poor," he said.

Not only are the payments enhanced but so are the budgets of the films.

"Technology-wise we are almost there. But the budgets over there are high (higher). It is very tough for us to make those kinds of films in our kind of economy. But even now we do make international level films," said the 43-year-old actor.

He has finished shooting "Night of the Living Dead: Origins", a zombie film.

"It has been a huge learning experience and it was very exciting. I was very nervous as I had never shot like that before," he said.

It was the prospect of working with Simon West of "Con Air" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" fame that attracted him to go on board.

"It was a Simon West film. That was a huge advantage. Secondly, it had completely new technology," said Madhavan, who has featured in TV shows and has also done films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam across his over 15-year-old career.

Madhavan is glad that the Indian film industry and the public have "been very nice with me".

"I am just keeping my fingers crossed for the future," he said.

Moreover, he says: "For actors like me, nothing is enough. I want a lot more than what I get".


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Posted on: 29 September 2013 at 8:37pm
Maddy gone Mad? Indian actors do have a lot bandwidth. Seems like he's still flying in the high airs due to a mere Hollywood movie, which have him in a cameo. Tsch tsch.

Such a poor fellow, first he says "...with all the hit films which I have, I won't have to work for another day in my life. Even if an actor has two hits in his life in Hollywood, he will never be poor," That was quite a joke.

"I want a lot more than what I get" Greedy fellow! Such people lose whatever good they've got. I hope his speedy recovery in the Indian environment.

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Posted on: 29 September 2013 at 7:35pm
I agree with the last line, for any good actor nothing is enough, they always have a thirst to do more.

However, do not agree with his statements about HW actors having to work in 1 or 2 hit movies and all, look at Nicholas Cage, he has hit rock bottom, there are many such.

Yes actors from one country will not be able to make it as big as the natives of another country make, while there are exceptions.

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Posted on: 28 September 2013 at 5:23pm
Maddy is wrong! Indian movie stars are adored all over the world! Hindi movies have a huge worldwide audience now! Thats why they make so much money! He has no idea how low Hollywood has sunk! They dont make a single decent movie nowadays! Best ones are kids movies and horror movies. Hollywood has lost its charm and inspiration to make really great movies like they used to in the past! Most of the HW movies flop and go straight to video within a few months.

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Posted on: 28 September 2013 at 10:34am
i truly truly agree with Madhvan
he is totally right in speaking about Hollywood-Bollywood differences
i like his acting his intelligence and knowledge about HW and BW is correct
will watch this film to see what role madhvan is playing :)

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